Spindrift, Porthleven: A Sea View Stay with Aspects Holidays

Porthleven Harbour, clocktower and pier

Stepping into Spindrift, Porthleven for my weekend staycation, I instantly felt the week’s stress roll off my shoulders. This light, spacious and beautifully decorated holiday home, hosted by Aspects Holidays, was everything I could hope for, and more.

I arrived at Spindrift quite late, so I decided to stay put for the night and explore in the morning. I needed to kick back and relax. I instantly knew I had come to the right place.

A cornish cottages, called Spindrift, in Porthleven

About Spindrift, Porthleven

Spindrift is located just a few steps away from Porthleven Harbour. It’s tucked behind the Bickford-Smith Institute; the clock tower that’s synonymous with this Cornish town. There’s no parking at Spindrift (this is incredibly common for traditional Cornish cottages) but accessing it is simple. It was no trouble taking my bags to the door.

2 blue sofas in a white snug and lamps on tables
a double bed at Spindrift with crisp white bedding and light minty accessories

Spindrift is what I call an upside down house. The bedrooms and bathroom are on the ground floor, along with a comfortable and homely snug. Upstairs is a large modern open plan kitchen diner and living space. It’s absolutely gorgeous, offering plenty of light and fabulous views. There’s lots of room to cook, chat and socialise. I’m sure lots of fun and laughter happen here.

a blue sofa with cushions and a blue kitchen area

Spindrift’s refined, modest coastal interiors and comfortable, cosy furniture had me at hello. As I acquainted myself with my Cornish holiday home for the weekend, I came across some surprising little extras. Nice, thoughtful touches, such as a well stocked bookshelf in the lounge and the Bluetooth bathroom mirror that had me jiggling to 90s tunes while in the shower. That’s another thing, it has the biggest shower head I’ve ever seen!

Not many Cornish cottages have copious outdoor space but Spindrift has lots! There is a lovely paved seating area at the front where you can wistfully watch the tide with the Institute in view. At the back, there’s more seating for sun soaked evenings or al fresco dining, and a bench further up offering another lookout over Porthleven.

The views from Spindrift are priceless. There’s a sea view, and with the outdoor seating, it would be easy to stay here, and be mesmerised by the sound and sight of the sea. It’s stunning at all times of the day – I took so many photos of this view alone.

Porthleven Harbour wall and inner pier at high tide

Things to do during your stay at Spindrift, Porthleven

With Friday night spent relaxing and planning how to spend my time in Porthleven, I woke from a lovely slumber to the sound of the sea and the Spring breeze. I was ready for the day ahead with much enthusiasm. Here’s how I spent my time exploring the local area.

a row of 3 fishing boats at low tide in a harbour

1. Penrose ParkRun

The first thing on my to do list was completing Penrose ParkRun. For some, this may be a bit too much for 9am on a Saturday morning. For me, I was raring to go. I’d love to complete all of Cornwall’s 9 ParkRuns but some are so far away. This was a prime opportunity to experience a new course.

Penrose ParkRun is a fast, flat course (a rarity in Cornwall). It’s a good one if you’re looking for a personal best. This Parkrun is less than a 10 minute drive from Spindrift and with a 9am start, you’ll be done and dusted before you know it.

I didn’t grab a post run coffee but you could always nip to the Lakeside Cafe for a morning caffeine hit.

A terrace of white bay windowed houses along the harbour in Porthleven

2. Discover independent shops and art galleries

After making myself more presentable, I went into Porthleven for a good look around. Spindrift is perfectly located with the shops just a short walk away, along the harbour. I don’t know about you, but I love a weekend stroll and mooch around. There’s so many gems to discover in our little Cornish towns and villages and Porthleven has plenty to see and do.

I love browsing independent shops. In Porthleven you’ll find some lovely Cornish retailers selling coastal inspired clothing and home furnishings. I particularly liked Just Lily. They stock so many gorgeous items, some from brands I’d not come across before. There’s a good collection of art galleries here too. My personal favourite? Hard to say, but I enjoyed seeing the work of familiar artists in Custom House Gallery.

3. Porthleven Shipyard Market

Porthleven has a market, every Saturday, in the Shipyard. This was a definite on my list while in Porthleven. It’s small but worth a visit as you’ll discover some local creatives and makers who are all so talented. You’ll find tempting bakery items (massive pain au chocs happen here), unique jewellery, cards and small items for your home.

the Bickford-Smith Institute building at low tide with rocks

4. Walk the harbour

I particularly enjoyed strolling along the Porthleven Harbour, end to end. Did you know, it’s Britain’s most southerly port? It’s quite a busy place too, especially in peak season. There’s lots of boats moored up and as the granddaughter of a Cornish fisherman, I always a appreciate a working harbour. I love the details – the matted nets and ropes, the smell and the old traditional buildings and structures that show me how a place once looked.

Porthleven Harbour at low tide with boats and houses on the side
rows of fishing boats at low tide in Porthleven

It was no surprise to learn that Porthleven Harbour is quite a historical site. There’s the Bickford-Smith Institute on the same side as Spindrift – this clocktower is the subject of many iconic storm photographs. Keep your eyes peeled for other points of interest though. There’s a big Lime Kiln on one side of the harbour and a touching memorial amongst some houses to commemorate 2 fishermen who lost their lives at sea. Porthleven is clearly a Cornish town with many stories to tell and it’s good to see its history and heritage is remembered and celebrated.

The harbour wall and houses in Porthleven

5. Walk the south west coast path to Loe Bar

After some downtime at Spindrift, I walked to Loe Bar on the south west coast path. I’ve cycled here before, from Helston, but this was my first visit via the coast path.

POrthleven beach at high tide and the sea wall

Loe Bar is very pretty and I have some special memories from my previous visit. Loe Bar Beach boasts tropical looking water (sorry, you cannot swim here) and quite an expanse of sand. Behind it is The Loe, a natural freshwater lake from the sea. Loe Bar Beach is dog friendly all year round, ideal if you bring your dog for a stay a Spindrift. It’s a popular spot with walkers and cyclists too.

Loe Bar Beach under cloudy blue sky

The walk from Spindrift to Loe Bar is about a mile. I enjoyed walking through Porthleven to the coast path. Once on the south west coast path, I was pleasantly surprised to find it’s a mostly flat and easy walk to the Loe Bar. The Cornish coastline and Loe Bar looked as good as ever.

If you fancy a longer walk, head in the other direction and walk to Rinsey Head. This is about 6 miles, there and back. The route takes you across some beautiful green space and offers equally outstanding views.

high tide at Porthleven inner harbour

Eating in Porthleven

When it came to deciding where to eat, I knew I would be spoilt for choice. Porthleven has a real foodie reputation and hosts an excellent food festival in April.

By now though, I was starving! I checked out the menus for 3 places to eat in Porthleven: Amelie, a waterfront seafood restaurant, The Harbourside Inn, one of Porthleven’s local pubs, and Kota Kai. I almost went for the Harbourside as a warm, cosy local felt just right. In the end, I opted for Kota Kai. I’ve wanted to eat here for a long time as I’ve heard so much about it.

Overlooking Porthleven’s inner harbour, and only about a 5 minute walk from Spindrift, Kota Kai has an excellent reputation. With some delicious sounding fish and seafood on the Asian fusion menu, I was torn. I love fish and equally like to embrace the opportunity to try something new when eating out, but I was cold, hungry and craving a hearty burger.

I relented and wasn’t disappointment. It was delicious, and I look forward to returning to Kota Kai for a different feast. Hopefully, with a cocktail.

a woman sitting outside Spindrift with a glass of wine
The evening sunset view from Spindrift in Porthleven

Relaxing and Unwinding at Spindrift

Once back at Spindrift, I felt like I had walked my legs off! I kicked off my walking boots and sipped a glass of wine on the front courtyard, soaking up the final hour or so of daylight. I couldn’t help but consider how my weekend at Spindrift had come at just the right time. A few days to reset, by the sea, with time to use as I pleased.

With the evening well and truly upon me, the salty sea air and a day exploring finally caught up with me. I slept like a baby, waking on Sunday to another Cornish sunrise by the sea.

I was invited to stay at Spindrift by the lovely people at Aspects Holidays. All views are my own – it’s a truly wonderful place to stay.

Porthleven beach at low tide
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